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Newcastle Can Sign This Top English Defender In January

8:54 am, Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

We are hoping that Newcastle will be signing some good players in January and with the experience we have had of signing players from the continent – it’s obvious it takes time for them to settle into the side and start to play well for the Magpies.

Newcastle seem to be turning more towards signing English players and they will be able to produce the goods more quickly  and that’s what we need in January if we are to start climbing the league and not have the second half of the season fighting relegation – yet again.

Sam Byram.

Sam Byram – 22 year-old Leeds right back

A top English defender we have been linked with in the past is 22 year-old right back Sam Byram of Leeds United and his contract runs out in the summer and so far he has stubbornly refused to sign a new deal to stay at Leeds.

He was left out of the Leeds side over the weekend with new manager Steve Evans saying it was a tactical move but the club are getting concerned he will become a free agent in the summer and leave the club.

Leeds will be due compensation if he leaves because he’s under 24 and he has came through the Leeds Youth Academy – and his contract situation is one reason  Newcastle could be interested in signing him in the January transfer window.

We may need to strengthen at right back if the rumors about Daryl Janmaat wanting to move on in the summer are true and in any case we should be trying to strengthen the squad all over the pitch if we really want to win something in the next season or two.

Last summer Liverpool and Sunderland were also interested in the youngster, who over the last four  seasons has played 134 times for Leeds with 7 goals and 11 assists.

The fee quoted has always been high for the young Englishman – it was said to be £8M a year ago and seems the same this year, with all three clubs unwilling to pay that amount for a player who is untested at the highest level.

Sam plays in the style of Real Madrid and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and is comfortable playing at full back or out on the right wing.

£5M would seem to be a reasonable price for the 6 ft tall Sam Byram.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    What are peoples opinion of 433 with Sissoko / ???? / Gini in central midfield with three attackers? What is the potential prositives / negatives to the defence / attack and who should be playing in the middle?Tiote – defensive tackler but poor at playing the ballColback – less imposing with more ability at finding a passDe Jong – ball holding player with potential to dictate tempo.

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    We lack back up we can rely on. We have numbers but lack quality.
    Thauvin Aarons De Jong Cisse Anita looks a good bench but crap wen they get on pitch.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    For me the 2 definites in a 433 midfield from our current squad are Tiote and Gini. The other spot is up for grabs, but ideally that spot would be filled in January with a new player. All of the others have issues but if fit I’d probably go with Colback.

    We would be overrun in midfield with Sissoko and Gini both in there.

  • 4 will die for the toon army // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    If Janmatt is staying and Mbabu showing promise I wld spend my money some where else.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Byram can also play on the wing. Having both Byram and Janmaat on the right would hopefully strengthen that flank.

    If we got him in Jan it would also give him time to settle and adjust before Janmaat potentially jumps ship if the rumours earlier in the week were correct.

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    We shld go for a diamond formation.
    ……………..De Jong/Thauvin

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Lindisfarne…each game are different but I would probably go with Sissoko, Anita and Gini. The important thing about a 4-3-3 is the ability hold on to the ball and pick a pass. Sissoko is the engine (he just need to shoe up more often)

    Both Tiote and Colback are too limited and a wall liability (both yellow and red). They work better in a 4-4-2 I think.

    McClaren needs to make some choices. Right now it’s 4-4-2 and it definitely works better than the infamous 4-2-3-1. We just have nothing to show for tablewise.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    how is he a top defender. never played in the pl

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    couldn’t mbabu replace janmatt

  • 10 Toonfan8 // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    we should try this:

    try this formation and we might starto to play nice football…It would be interesting to see this formation

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Sissoko is so forward thinking he will always want to be in the box.My best team is:

  • 12 will die for the toon army // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:19 AM


    Perez on the Wings looks hopeless. We shld stick to 4-4-2 we looked so good as a team.

    With our weak CM their are gaps but I realised our Captain is at his best wen they r attacking us.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    He could, but do we not want a squad, rather than just one player for a position? Mbabu has had plenty of injury problems whilst here, so it would definitely be sensible to have 2 players who play right back surely?

  • 14 Toonfan8 // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    will die for the toon army
    Perez played there vs Man Utd and looked good, but that front three can change between them, Perez and Thauvin would have more like free role in that position, not to hold line like classic wingers

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